what is past parteceple?
Originally Posted by syakif
Past participle is a kind of verbal adjective; it indicates that the noun it modifies is a participant in the action the participle refers to.
ex. played [ the third form of the verb play; the second form , which is also played, is the past tense of the verb play]
swum [ the third form of the verb "swim"]
There are 2 types of participle:;;
1] the present participle,also known as the imperfect participle, which is formed by adding the suffix "-ing" to a verb [ even if it is identical in form to a gerund, it differs in usage]
2] the past participle , which is the third form of the verb [ it is usually the same as past tense form , especially for verbs whose past tense form ends in "-ed".
Short infinitive : play
past tense : played
past participle :played
Most irregular verbs do not follow this pattern in forming past participle:
Short infinitive : swim
past tense : swam
past participle :swum
Past participle form of an irregular verb can be found in the list of irregular verbs [the third form of the verb]
Only modal verbs fail to form present partciples in English.
Participles are adjective and are often used in front of nouns, as in :
I saw a talking parrot.
It was a done deal.
She sold the crashed car at a lose.
Most of the examples above are from a dictionary.
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I hope it helps.
Last edited by Teia; 03-Aug-2006 at 18:46.